Today’s Reading: John 18:1-12
4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” 5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” - John 18:4-8
Even those who hated Jesus the most were in awe of his name. They fell back when he declared who he was. They knew the most holy of names, the story, the respect for his holiness. Those of us who love him the most sink into a casual respect, do not fear his name, see no need to fall to the ground, are in awe only when convenient and fits into the schedule. You may be thinking this guy writing is hiding behind a computer screen and wouldn’t dare say that to my face. Maybe. Maybe not. Notice I said those of us. I’m including myself in the group. Complacency as a result of taking our relationship with Christ for granted is one of the greatest dangers of modern day Christ followers. A virus has caused us to leave our place of complacency and convenience and find our place of courage. We all are being reminded of the need to keep an edge of awe in our understanding of what it means to follow Christ. It is that edge of awe that will convict you over a wrong decision. It is that edge of awe that will correctly align and prioritize your life with Christ. It is that edge of awe that will give us boldness to claim authority given to us and declare the virus be subdued in the name of Jesus. There are dozens of ways we put Jesus on the back burner and think we will deal with it later or do better next week. Now is no time for back burner faith. We need front burner, bold faith. The relational edge of awe creates urgency for Jesus. Now. And we will fall to the ground at the very sound of his name.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for complacency and instill a grand sense of awe in our relationship with your Son who died for us. Forgive us for needing a virus to truly examine our relationship with you. At the name of Jesus we will fall back. Let the awe of Jesus control us today. Don’t let circumstances distract us. We want to continually live in awe of you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.